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How to Eat Like a Local in Australia

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay First, a big thank you to Brittnay Sharman, for writing this guest post.  Brittnay owns and operates a rather interesting business called the Traveling House Sitters.  I mean, as far as dream jobs go, that’s got to be pretty high on the list. She was kind enough to run an article I wrote about the […] The post How

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Bad Weather Leads to Declines in Production & What Else?

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay It’s something that’s come up a few times of late.  Weather has been crappy in France, leading to likely lower production quantities of French wine during the upcoming vintage. In Paso Robles, 2015 was down a ton from the top range of production values, according to some Cabernet Sauvignon production was down by 60%. So […] The post Bad

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Reviving Ancient Wine Grapes

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay I’ve seen the story come across a few times now, but there’s a been a renewed focus on reviving ancient wine grapes over the past decade or two. I think there’s an element of what I’ve described as post modern wine culture at play, which means that modern winemaking techniques are a given pretty much worldwide […] The post Reviving

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Firefly Ridge Pinot Noir Review

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Welcome to my Firefly Ridge Pinot Noir Review. Every so often, it’s fun to buy a bottle of wine the way that most people do, on site, without any prior research having been done.  So I judged this bottle as worth the $10 only based on the AVA that’s on the label.  There’s really nothing […] The post Firefly

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Branded Wine

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay There was a story a while ago about the Philadelphia 76ers creating a branded wine for what they hope will be the start of a much better period of basketball than they’ve been in over the past few years, where the team has chosen to be as bad as possible to gain better chances at […] The post Branded

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Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon Review

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Today I decided to try something new for me, one of the fastest growing wine brands in America: Carnivor.  Here’s my Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon Review, which brought up a number of interesting theories and questions about changing consumer tastes and how in America we market labels, more so than vineyards, putting us at odds with our […] The post Carnivor

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District 7 Pinot Noir Review

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Every so often, it’s fun to grab something simply off the shelf.  That’s what I’ve done a few times of late, including this one.  A reasonably priced California Pinot Noir though?  Pretty rare indeed.  In fact, we need a hell of a lot more of these. Video Transcription: Hi, all. Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. […] The post District

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Portalupi Barbera

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Barbera is an interesting and largely misunderstood grape in America.  But, it is growing. Here’s some more information on the grape, why winemakers like it and a wine made in the Foothills, but from grapes harvested in Mendocino California. Video Transcription: Hi guys, Mark Aselstine with Uncorked Ventures. All of the stuff you can get […] The post Portalupi

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Cuvee

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay I ran into a Pinot Noir producer in Sonoma last week, he produced a yearly Cuvee of Pinot Noir.  It’s something more commonly associated with wines produced in Champagne, but given that it’s showing up on wine labels, I thought some others would wonder: What does cuvee mean? Let’s start with the most technical definition […] The post Cuvee

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California Merlot

#XperienceTravelTheTaylorWay Merlot has gotten a bad rap.  In California, it’s especially bad. California Merlot though, is still more of a thing than most people realize. Part of the bad rap comes from expectations that have changed an awful lot over the years.  Back in the 1980’s, Merlot was considered an equal to Cabernet Sauvignon and important […] The post California

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